Hun Tun: Household Context and Social Complexity in Northwestern Belize.

Author(s): Robyn Dodge

Year: 2015


The ancient Maya site, Hun Tun is located in northwestern Belize and serves as a platform of inquiry into social complexity at the household level. This paper addresses ancient Maya commoners in household contexts while discussing data that are pertinent to ideas of household identity, social formation, and household production by re-evaluating the value of domestic space. The analysis of everyday objects in domestic contexts contributes to these data. Major archaeological features at Hun Tun will be discussed as they pertain to household archaeology and its contribution to greater Maya social complexity. Particular features challenge existing ideas about the function of hinterland domestic space. In tandem with features, material culture is also discussed as it also contributes to knowledge about the function of domestic activity areas. Such examples include ceramic analysis, various lithic material assemblages, and eccentric artifacts. The data suggests a larger scale of access and exchange for domestic household artifacts and features.

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Hun Tun: Household Context and Social Complexity in Northwestern Belize.. Robyn Dodge. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 397574)

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min long: -94.702; min lat: 6.665 ; max long: -76.685; max lat: 18.813 ;